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Resin Drive Prices Updated 2021
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The popularity of resin driveways has exploded in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.
They look stunning in any garden, are available in dozens of colours and last for years.
Resin drives also provide plenty of grip, allow rainwater to drain through to the ground and can be used as a standalone product or can be mixed with paving or blocks.
On this page, we reveal the current cost of a resin driveway in the UK.
Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion; this price guide is for resin-bound driveways and not resin-bonded drives.
Here’s a straightforward explanation:
Resin-bound means the resin is fully mixed with the gravel and laid several inches thick to form a solid surface.
Resin-bonded means a resin (essentially a glue) is poured onto a surface such as concrete and gravel is sprinkled onto the surface.
The problem with the resin-bonded method is longevity – the gravel usually comes loose after a year or two and is more appropriate for decorative areas of the garden rather than drives and paths that get a lot of use.
Our price guide below is for full resin-bound driveways. They cost more, but the quality is miles better.
Key Questions Answered on This Page
Here are the key questions we’ll answer on this page:
How much does a new resin driveway cost?
What is the cost for a small 2-car driveway? And a larger driveway for up to 4/5 cars?
What is the average cost on a per square metre basis?
Are overlays possible or does the original driveway need to be excavated?
How much does an overlay cost?
+ many more in our FAQs section
In 2021 we gathered prices from 28 resin driveway installers.
Below you’ll find the results of our research, you can use this as a better-than-ballpark price guide.
Please note the following:
- All prices include VAT where applicable.
- Excavation of the original driveway and ground as required.
- Minor levelling and installation of weed blocking barrier.
- Installation of a permeable sub-base layer to allow rainwater to drain away.
- New edgings to contain the resin gravel at the driveway boundary and threshold.
- All waste material is taken away and disposed of.
Resin Driveway Price Example 1 – 60 Square Metres
The driveway prices displayed in the table below are an average of the figures provided to us by the 28 installers we contacted in 2021.
These prices are for a standard resin driveway installation as described above.
You may wish or need additional work done, such as brick walls, front doorsteps, extra levelling of the ground etc. This will add to the cost.
|South, SW and Midlands||£6750||£7100|
|Outer Region and North||£6000||£6500|
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Driveway Cost Example 2 – 100 Square Metres
The next batch of prices we requested was for a 100 square metre driveway.
As with our first project, this is a standard installation using resin gravel, edgings etc.
|South, SW and Midlands||£10500||£12000|
|Outer Region and North||£10000||£10500|
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Resin Driveway Cost Example 3 – Our Overlay Price Guide
We also asked for prices to overlay an existing driveway with resin gravel.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t always feasible as the existing driveway should be solid, sound and not showing signs of movement.
While resin can be laid onto concrete and tarmac, some additional work may be needed, such as new edgings, new aprons at the threshold, the raising of drains etc.
Resin gravel should not be laid onto soil, grass or weak, thin or heavily cracked surfaces.
The figures below are per square metre and the price varies depending on how big the driveway is. The larger the driveway, the lower the cost per square metre.
|London Area||£55 per sq mtr||£65 per sq mtr|
|South, SW and Midlands||£50 per sq mtr||£60 per sq mtr|
|Outer Region and North||£40 per sq mtr||£50 per sq mtr|
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Other Costs to Consider
Our prices are for a standard resin gravel installation and do not include any of the following:
Kerb dropping/lowering – if you want an entirely new driveway constructed, or an existing one extended, you may need to lower the kerbs along the public pavement. As the land belongs to the council, you’ll require their permission, and they don’t always grant it. Reasons for refusal are almost always related to health and safety. You’ll also need to pay application fees, use council-approved contractors and cover the entire cost yourself. We researched the costs of lowering a kerb, and the results surprised us, with many councils charging over £2000, although some were much cheaper.
Driveway Drainage – since 2008 and as a result of repeated flash floods in the UK, all new driveways, including refurbishments, must not allow rainwater to discharge onto the public footpath or highway. The good news is that resin gravel is porous and if laid over a properly constructed sub-base, rainwater will soak directly into the ground. Put simply, you won’t need to pay for soakways or drainage channels. See our guide to driveway drainage regulations here.
Edgings and Threshold – edgings and thresholds keep the resin gravel on the driveway, but your choice of edging/threshold material and how much is needed will affect the price.
Levelling – if you want a driveway replaced on a like-for-like basis, the ground probably won’t need much levelling. However, if you wish to lay an entirely new driveway or extend an existing one, you’ll need to level the ground which may create a lot of waste, or you may need to pay extra material to be delivered and laid. Either way, extensive ground excavation and levelling isn’t cheap, but the cost will depend on the specifics of your driveway project.
Any extra work required such as raising flowerbeds, tree removal, brick walls, large doorsteps or relocating underground pipes or cables etc. can add to the cost of the resin driveway.
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How Does a Resin Compare to Other Driveway Types?
Resin is a popular, if costly, choice of material for driveways. It’s water permeable, strong and looks stunning but there are other options, some much cheaper:
Driveway blocks (see how much a block driveway costs here) – more costly than gravel but cheaper than resin, blocks are the most popular choice for driveways in the UK. You can get creative with patterns and the type of blocks you choose; cobbles look beautiful, but bland bricks are the most common. Block drives are easy to repair, wash and maintain. Rainwater management will be required for non-permeable blocks so extra cost might be incurred.
Tarmac (see tarmac driveway prices here) – traditional and popular but can look bland, especially after a few years when the colour dulls from the effects of sunlight. It’s obvious when a repair has been carried out, and tarmac often cracks, leading to weed penetration. The price is slightly cheaper than a block driveway and much cheaper than resin. Rainwater management will be required for non-permeable tarmac.
Gravel (see gravel driveway prices) -the cheapest material you can use as a driveway surface but gravel shift/migration can be an issue on some drives. If constructed to a high standard, gravel drives can be both stunning and practical although cleaning can be troublesome, especially if you have trees nearby.
Stamped concrete (see prices here) – patterns and coloured dyes are pressed or “stamped” onto the concrete as it dries meaning you can choose from lots of different colours and designs. Drainage management will be required for concrete driveways, and they can also be slippery if constructed on a slope. Repairs or alterations can be complicated once the concrete has hardened. The concrete may need to be re-sealed periodically to retain its colour, adding to the cost.
Get a Custom Driveway Quote
We hope you found our insights into the cost of resin gravel driveways helpful.
As no two driveway projects are the same, it’s challenging, if not impossible, to provide a realistic price without first seeing the property.
By choosing a tradesperson or firm from our preferred trader network you can be assured of:
- Getting an accurate custom price based on the specifics of your property.
- A prompt service, get a price often in hours, not days.
- Verified reviews and feedback from past customers.
- The ability to compare prices from up to three local driveway specialists.
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Resin Gravel Driveway Q&A
What is a Resin Driveway Made From?
Gravel is mixed with resin (a glue) that binds various sizes of gravel together. The mixture is laid over the surface and smoothed with tools to leave a flat, neat finish. After the mix has dried, you’ll have a surface strong enough to hold the weight of vehicles. It’s also flexible so shouldn’t crack. The small air gaps between the gravel allow for water to pass through, meaning it’s regulations compliant, if laid over a permeable sub-layer.
How Up to Date Are These Driveway Prices?
We published these prices in early 2021.
Who Did You Contact To Get These Prices?
We contacted both resin driveway specialists, general driveway installers and landscaping firms from around the UK.
Do I Need to Get Planning Permission?
Planning rules are complex and always subject to change, so start with the government’s planning portal. As a general rule of thumb; if you aren’t increasing the size of the driveway, lowering kerbs or discharging rainwater onto public land, then you shouldn’t need planning permission unless there are restrictions on your property. Most resin driveways don’t need planning permission.
Can't The Installer Just Lay Resin Gravel Over the Existing Driveway?
The existing surface must be solid, sound and contain no cracks or potholes etc. Resin overlays cannot be used on soil, grass or weak/thin surfaces. The consumer should seek advice from a professional as it’s impossible to determine if an overlay is feasible without first inspecting the property.
Are There Any Driveway Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?
There are very few driveway associations in the UK and none that we recommend. You can use our network of tradespeople to find a good quality installer and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Trustmark, Which? and other general associations you can search.
Where is the Best Place to Ask a Technical Question About The Installation of a Driveway?
How Long Does it Take to Create a Resin Gravel Driveway?
As with all driveway constructions, most of the time is spent on the preparation, that’s the excavation of the old driveway, laying edgings and sub-bases etc. Expect an overlay to take between one and two days for a typical two-car drive, this includes some edgings etc. While for a complete overhaul, expect the work to take roughly three days for a two-car drive and five to seven days for a larger driveway.
What Size Gravel Can be Used on a Resin Driveway?
3-8mm is the most popular but up to 10mm can be used where extra drainage is required.
Can Resin Gravel be Laid Over Crazy Paving, Blocks or Concrete Slabs?
All of these materials are subject to movement, especially large concrete slabs and crazy paving so resin gravel shouldn’t be laid onto these surfaces.
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